Hawksbill turtle Bobby was brought into the center after he was caught by a fisherman. He had sustained some minor injuries and was struggling to control his buoyancy. It may be some time before Bobby is released back into the ocean but for now he is enjoying regular sea baths which allow the team to monitor his swimming ability.
The By Catch Release Program is another integral part of the conservation work carried out in Watamu. Early in the year the team conducted their 12,000th turtle release; a huge milestone for the program. So far in 2015, 425 turtles have been released, bringing the grand total to 12,416. Each one of these turtles has been given a second chance, but sadly some are not so lucky. A sub-adult hawksbill turtle tagged by the team in 2010 was found washed ashore with bruising on her front flippers, most likely from entanglement. Cases like this one are a reminder of the importance of the By Catch Release Program.
There were plenty of eggs this Easter for the team in Watamu. So far 2015, has seen a total of 22 nests and the beaches are being carefully monitored each night to protect the nesting turtles and keep their eggs safe. Two nests have hatched already and 146 hatchlings have made their first dash to the ocean. This year has also seen the first olive ridley nesting since 2013!